Key Characteristics of Graduate Assistantships
To help you think about which Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Graduate Assistantships might be a good fit for you, please consider the following characteristics that are components of many assistantships. Assistantship providers have ranked the degree to which their assistantships include key elements using the scale below.
• Very Frequent
• Not at all
Key Characteristics of HESA Graduate Assistantships:
Student Development/Interaction is an indicator of how often the graduate assistant will be directly interacting with the University of Vermont's student population. This interaction can include, but is not limited to: advising student groups or individuals, meeting with students by appointment or drop-in, living in a residence hall with students, and attending student events.
Higher Education/Administration is an indicator of how much exposure or involvement the graduate assistant will have in the “behind-the-scenes” aspects of campus life. This kind of involvement can include, but is not limited to: working with budgets, staff selection and training, being involved in policy making and decisions, and participating in and planning campus-wide initiatives (e.g., such as conducting evaluations, surveys, and accreditation proceedings).
Programming is an indicator of how much programming the graduate assistant will be involved in. Programming will be primarily targeted towards students to encourage student development/interaction and themes include, but are not limited to: diversity and pluralism, social justice, student development, service-learning, and general social activities.
Project Development/Implementation is an indicator of how involved the graduate assistant will be with projects within the department. Projects will be primarily focussed on tasks and initiatives within departments/units or the campus as a community.
Autonomy is an indicator of how much freedom and/or independence the graduate assistant might have in completing assigned tasks. This could range from complete autonomy in designing or implementing new programs to following a previously established set or processes or procedures.
Supervising is an indicator of the degree of responsibility the graduate student will have for supervising work-study or volunteer students.
Advising is an indicator of how much the graduate assistant will be serving in the role of an advisor or counselor. These interactions often occur through student organizations and could include weekly one-on-one meetings with students or advising students in residence halls.
Collaboration is an indicator of how much interaction the graduate assistant will have with different units/departments across campus. It is also an indicator of whether the graduate assistant will be working with other members of his/ or her office on a frequent basis, or whether most tasks can be completed independently.